From the Iron Age to the age of Covid with Chandler Collins
Chandler is a Ph.D. candidate at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. He holds two M.A. degrees in the fields of Semitic languages, Hebrew Bible, and archaeology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He is a faculty member and the former Dean of Administration at Jerusalem University College. He is also a member of ARCH Jerusalem, an NGO devoted to preserving at-risk cultural heritage in Jerusalem. With Chandler we discussed his work as archaeologist focusing on the Iron Age period, we also discussed questions related various digging and structures of that historical period. Since Chandler was stuck in Jerusalem during Covid, it was very interesting to hear a different view of how to use that time for some new discoveries. Chandler is the author of Approaching Jerusalem which aims to be a trove of accessible writing about ancient and living Jerusalem, including its geographical setting, early exploration, archaeological excavations, architecture, history, people, and more. This newsletter is both an extension of the modern quest to uncover ancient Jerusalem and a self-reflection of how the drive to study Jerusalem has influenced the city we experience today.
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